Turkey Angry at Barak

Barak's comment that Turkey's new intelligence chief is friendly with Iran arouses Ankara's ire.

Gil Ronen, | updated: 18:31

Ehud Barak
Ehud Barak
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Turkey has summoned Israel's ambassador in Ankara, Gabi Levy, to a diplomatic dressing-down following remarks by Defense Minister Ehud Barak Sunday. Barak expressed concern that Turkey's new undersecretary of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), Hakan Fidan, could pass classified Israeli information into the hands of Iran.  

Fidan “supports Iran,” Barak said in a private Labor party conference. “There are quite a few [Israeli] secrets in their hands,” he said of the Turkish intelligence organization. “The thought that they may now be open to Iran is disturbing.”

Fidan was previously a foreign policy adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and served as his country's representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency. He also served as head of the Turkish Development and Cooperation Agency (TİKA).

He was also involved in trilateral talks between Turkey, Brazil held and Iran this year in an effort to come up with a nuclear fuel swap deal that would defuse tension over Iran's nuclear program.